17 Years Ago Today, Diddy Was Found ‘Not Guilty’…But Shyne Wasn’t As Lucky
After being charged with five counts bribery and gun possession in the 1999 Club New York shooting where three people were injured, (then, Puffy) was acquitted on March 16, 2001 thanks to his lawyers, Johnnie Cochran and Benjamin Brafman. Diddy’s 21-year-old protégé , on the other hand, was found guilty assault, reckless endangerment, and gun possession and would serve almost nine years in jail.
Legend has it, the shooting happened during a misunderstanding as Diddy and were leaving the club in the wee hours the morning. Shyne allegedly opened fire when a stack money was thrown in Diddy’s face () and by the end it all, a woman was shot—in the face.
That woman, whose name is Natania Reuben, spoke out on Instagram when she saw this post a few years ago.
She wrote in the comment section, “Thank you I AM THE WOMA WHO WAS SHOT IN THE FACE THE MOST SERIOUSLY INJURED PERSON… I have suffered a great deal PHYSICAL & EMOTIONAL PAIN behind this FOOLISH DISPLAY OF EGO AND INSECURITY … God bless the others who shared in and survived this tragedy with me… I lay here in bed thanking God for sparing me in spite all the tribulations… Feeling at PEACE… Only to see displaying sympathy for celebrities who played THE INSTRUMENTAL ROLL IN MY INJURY AND PAIN… Way to go give yourself a ?…… ???”
In 2011, reported that Diddy settled with all three victims the club shooting, and Reuben was reportedly paid $1.8 million.
Hit the flip for more photos from the trial. #NeverForget.